Teams around the NBA were getting well against the Boston Celtics. Boston had dropped 18 straight games, a streak they thought would never end.
But along came the Milwaukee Bucks , and the Celtics problems are over, at least for one night. Boston didn't just end their club record losing skid, they worked the Bucks over for a 20-point win, 117-97.
Paul Pierce scored 32 points and Gerald Green had 21 to lead the Celtics to their first victory since January 5. It gives the Celtics a little relief heading into the all-star break and a five-game road trip out west to follow.
The Bucks blew a 15-point second quarter lead and Boston opened a double-digit lead of their own in the 3rd quarter.
Mo Williams scored 31 and Charlie Bell 24 for the Bucks, who lost their fourth in a row. Milwaukee is now 3-17 since Michael Redd left the lineup with a left knee injury. He's expected to return after the all-star break. The Bucks first game after the break is next Tuesday night at home against Detroit.